Saturday, March 21, 2015

business name

Yesterday I worked continuously on my logo for my creative business.  I used the adobe program Illustrator and then used you tube tutorials to figure out how to do it.  I took a graphics design class and that's where I was introduced to Illustrator.  I just think it is one of the coolest programs there is because I could use this design for a business card or a billboard and it would still stay as sharp as you see it.  I am going to use the (hart) by itself for the watermark on my work when it is up on the internet.  It has turned out exactly the way I pictured it, and I am proud that I was able to get it to do what I wanted.  I think I burned up a lot of brain cells yesterday. Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

afraid I was going to have to fight a hawk

I haven't been around for the past week because I have been learning about domains and building a website for a creative endeavor that I am starting.  It's not quite ready but I will be making the announcement in the very near future with all the hoopla and bells and whistles and dancers etc. etc. 

In the meantime though I have been enjoying this weather we had recently.  I was getting outside and walking and it was glorious!  I would take my camera everyday to see what amazing things I would come across to show you. 

We live in an area that has hawks living somewhere nearby.  Since the trees have no leaves right now, I have seen some very big nests in the trees that have to be for a big bird.  I had not spotted one yet but wanted to be prepared. 

Now my cat Lily loves to take a walk with me.  We found this out one day when Tom and I started for a walk and realized that she was following us.  She walked two miles all around the neighborhood.  She would, most of the time stay on the sidewalk behind us.  Once in a while she would go out along the curb but then cut up to the sidewalk again. 

Here she is following behind me.
 If you look at the garage door to the left there is another cat looking out.  She and that other cat made some eye contact and I picked her up because I didn't want any funny business.  She doesn't like me to pick her up and becomes quite "growley".  She likes to do things on her own ya know!  So getting that disaster averted we moved on and Lily is walking behind me again.  I take a corner and she takes the corner a few feet behind sometimes stopping to sniff the grass.  Lo and behold I look up and there is a hawk circling in the sky.  Then he is getting lower, and lower.  I believe he has an eyeball on Lily!

Once I picked her up and held her, much to her irritation, he disappeared.  What are the chances, I ask. I put her down and said we have had enough for today.  We start back toward home, when we got to the house with the other cat, she made a point to walk out on the curb.  She didn't want any part of that! She has heard rumors that he is no good! 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Green leaves

Dug around in my stash until I found seven different greens to make the leaves.  They range from brights to darks, grass-green to blue-green and even olive.  It should be an interesting full tree for sure, with twenty-one leaves.  Be good to yourself and do something fun.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Little Quilt Applique

Tonight I am working on pieces to applique onto this little quilt.  There is a sun up in the corner and this tree will have 20 or so leaves on it eventually.  My plans are to open an Etsy shop in the near future to start selling my work.  I am in the process of gathering all the information I need and will be opening a website for my creative business soon with a blog.  Right now I plan to keep this one for non business related information, but I will play it by ear to see how that works, it could become too overwhelming.  This is all uncharted territory so its all just written in pencil.    I designed this quilt and wanted the bottom to be layers of the earth with the top being the grass.  I wanted an interesting but neutral middle area and the three layers of blue for the sky.  I will enjoy building this little quilt down to the last stitch and sharing along the way.  Hope that you had a wonderful day. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Two out a Three ain't bad

Second Chair in my series of three.  A nice Windsor Painted in watercolor.

Grandmothers Quilts

In celebration of warmer weather this week, I started displaying this antique quilt made by my Grandmother and my husband Tom,'s Great Grandmother with a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt..  The iris quilt is in a very worn condition and is very thin, but there is some cotton batting in it.  It was larger, my Mom had cut away the torn and worn parts and put the yellow binding on it.  The Flower Garden quilt is in perfect condition.

I have always loved this purple iris. 

Look at her little stitches and that she changed thread color.  I feel very fortunate to have this quilt.  I don't know how old it is, my Grandmother passed away in 1967 at age 75.I don't know when she made it but she would be 123 years old now.

Monday, March 9, 2015


For you fellow cat lovers I have a recommendation...The Fling-A-Ma-String!  This is a favorite and we just received number 2 in the mail this week.  The other was worn out and the elastic was stretched like an old pair of underwear.

We can turn it on and two or three cats come from each part of the house when they hear it.  A little FYI though, get rechargeable batteries.  It can get left on when you don't realize the playtime is over.  It gives a little exercise and keeps their interest. 

Another favorite at our house is these crunchy lightweight balls.  I didn't get an action photo but she had just been playing soccer with it.  They carry them around in their mouths.  I have a large container of catnip and put it in there for a couple of days.  They become quite goofy over it then.  Another little FYI-shake it off before you give it to makes a real mess if you don't. 

Found a deal on Amazon-1 dozen for $3.98.  Money well spent, like everything else, you need to get them out from underneath the furniture.  But then you also do a little cleaning, bringing out all those dust balls that have accumulated, at least at my house....maybe not yours. 

Lastly, I think Lily is funny, wedging herself between the window and the table.  If winter lasts any longer, she won't fit.  She isn't her sleek self, like she is in the summer time.  I tried to get a photo of her completely asleep and stretched out.  She wakes up and poses or is irritated that I disturbed her with the annoying click of the camera.  Who can tell?  The link for the Fling-a-ma-string. Oh and by the way..they are a little over the top with the action photo of the cat and the fling-a-ma-string.  Yeah-No...mine don't do that with it....and yours probably won't either. Take Care-Thanks so much for stopping!  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Soup n Bread

This, my friends, is going to be some homemade chicken noodle soup. 

On Saturdays especially, I love to get up and make soup and homemade bread.  Have it simmering on the stove for lunch. 

I woke up at 4:30 this morning with lots of thoughts going around in my head.  I decided to not disturb my husband and got up.  I love the times where everyone is asleep and I am up doing my own thing.  I walk out to the foyer and I hear breathing!  My son is asleep on the couch (drats!)...I get him sent down to his is where they should be!

I am working away, enjoying the peace.

The bread is rising so nicely.
It's gonna be a good batch!

A nice close up of the texture and the indent in the middle.

Three beautiful loaves of bread, ready to double up. 

Nice and brown on top, with a heavenly softness in the middle. 
If I had a bakery I would call it "Heavenly Scent Bakery".
This is so good toasted, with melted butter and little bit of honey. 

Oh by the way, the soup was great.  Found the recipe on Pinterest.
It was supposed to be done in the Crock Pot but it worked well on the stove top.  It called for boneless, skinless chicken thighs and they were perfect. 

Click here for the recipe if you would like.

Enjoy My Friends
Thanks for checking in.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Could Spring be on the Way?

We are dreaming of spring.  Tom has been readying the rocking chairs that go by the pool.  They were chipped paint white.  We decided on fun, bright colors for the new coats of paint.  How happy these will look beside the nice blue water. (dreaming a little again). This one needs the clear coat yet.

This one needs a few more coats.  There are also little side tables that will be refinished. Yankee Candles makes a scent that smells just like suntan lotion.  I think I am going to get some.  Pool season is still two months away which is better than 8 months away when we closed it in October.  It is inching closer!  Have you been dreaming of something nice lately? 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Beauty Comes From Within

My Mixed Media picture was finished yesterday.  I changed a few items like making the buds smaller and adding more leaves.  It was fun working with all the different mediums.  

All four sides are painted with this design and you can see a good side view of the poppy buds.  This was done on a 10 X 10 canvas and would add a nice visual element to a wall grouping.